120 employees and contractors in the country
Installation of first floating transfer station
Filipino and English are the official language
Vale’s presence in the Philippines plays an essential role in our logistics.
Vale’s presence in the Philippines plays an essential role in our logistics. To offer our products in the Asian market at competitive prices and expand our share of the global seaborne market, we innovated by installing two floating transfer stations in Subic Bay, in the Philippines. Through this solution, we transfer cargo sent on large ships from Brazil onto smaller ships that are able to dock at Chinese ports.
Vale has been conducting research and mineral exploration activities in the Philippines since 2008, mainly focusing on copper. The search for new mineral deposits has been a fundamental activity to guarantee the expansion of Vale’s businesses.
The company has strict criteria for determining whether or not to go ahead with projects. Besides the geological potential, it takes into account logistics prospects, the political and economic situation and the country’s rules related to mining. Ultimately, the aim is to provide the company with world-class deposits to be developed into new mining operations.
Given the increase in its sales in the Asian market, Vale decided to construct two floating transfer stations, which have become crucial to ensuring enhanced logistics efficiency in the region. Both stations are now fully operational in Subic Bay.
The floating transfer stations are large vessels aimed at providing flexibility and transhipment options for ports in areas without the 23-metre water depth needed to receive a fully laden Valemax ship.
The stations unload iron ore from a Valemax ship while simultaneously loading smaller vessels, such as Ore Pantanal, a 179,000-metric ton Capesize bulk carrier.